31 Days on Acorn Island

Acorn Island was a simple, hand-drawn game I ran on Twitter in October 2017 (also as part of #inktober2017). The idea was to draw something in pen and ink and then post it to Twitter where players could choose what to do / where to go next. I’m sure it’s been done before, but I wanted to make a game out of relatively simple tools such as a pen, paper and a smartphone. Maybe it’s more an ‘interactive story’ than a game. I don’t know. You decide.

It was good to be forced to invent something new everyday while attempting to carry along a story. I didn’t impose any rules on myself, beyond not being allowed to think or plan things too much. The game contains all the usual silly animals in hats, trees and pirates.  I’m amazed at how much my drawing style changed over the month. I definitely wanted a looser feel by the end. Anyway, below are the 31 different images that came out of the game. Below the images is a link to the Twitter thread (where most of the posts are, but not all. It took me time to figure out that I could just keep replying to myself).

Is the Pirate Life for Yee?

We’re getting close to the end of our trip to Acorn Island. You have a choice between:

1. Doing the decent thing.

2. Greed, or

3. Dressing up in loud clothing and sailing the 7 Seas. Arrrrr.

Why don’t you join in while you still can?

I see trouble ahead

The players of the Acorn Island adventure game got to visit the three-eared Kat King. He tells them that the bear’s missing father was on his way to Scrimshaw Isle, with a cargo for a pirate gang. If you like that sort of thing then join in here on Twitter (there are only 6 days to go):

The Sad Tale

18 days in to our 31 day visit to Acorn Island, and finally there’s a confrontation of sorts. Not with the bear, but with his aunty. Who happens to be a large hen and the island’s police force.

She tells you the sad tale, and you can decide whether to believe it or not. Play along here:

Acorn Island Round-up

We’re up to Day 13 in the Acorn Island adventure game over on my Twitter stream. The players have (finally) got ’round to opening the door of the hut, to be presented with the scene of a bear, asleep in an armchair. There is a painting of a cargo ship on the wall, titled “The Last Voyage of the Saucy Seagull”. Who is that on the ship? That’s a very fancy clock. And who are in those pictures on the mantelpiece? What if the bear wakes up?

Questions, to be answered. You can take part here: